to suck up to

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - to suck up to

"to suck up to"

to ingratiate oneself with someone in order to gain influence with or favor from


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - to suck up to

Two coworkers are talking ...

Coworker 1:  Look at Harry. He's always chasing around after the boss getting his coffee and doing whatever the boss wants. He's always complimenting the boss on his work even when the boss's work is awful.

Coworker 2:  I know! Harry loves to suck up to the boss.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - to suck up to

Two students are talking ...

A student:  Yes, teacher.  What a great idea teacher.  You are so brilliant, teacher.  Can I help you with those papers?  I just love your class, teacher.

Student 1:  Man, can you believe that girl?

Student 2:  She loves to suck up to the teacher.

to suck up to - Usage:


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to suck up to - Gerund Form:

Sucking up to the boss is a common workplace occurrence.

to suck up to - Examples:

1)  ... and integrity over going along to get along. If we're just going to suck up to power because " that's who can get things done " even when ...

2)  Be honest. People don't like 'sheep'; people who suck up to others and are afraid to give honest opinions.

3)  ... and make them aware of your desire to apply. There is no need to suck up to them, but instead talk about your qualifications for the position.

4)  Republicans shamelessly suck up to businesses like a calf sucks on its mother's teats no matter what ...

5)  He hasn't yet realized that David Corn isn't one of the lapdogs that suck up to him.

6)  If he is not willing to compromise, why are we sucking up to him.

7)  ... and if you are an oppressed person who must survive by sucking up to a more powerful person, it is likely to kill you or destroy ...

8)  I am not particularly in favour of sucking up to the Saudis, or of political subsidy for the British arms industry.

9)  Nevertheless, as with any loss there is some sucking up to do in the short term while they save face and plan for a ...

10)  ... political cronyism in this country. Not talent. Not merit. But cronyism and sucking up to the political authorities.

11)  In my last three consulting roles, it was the most incompetent full-time managers who sucked up to the boss the most that got the promotions.

12)  So I sucked up to him the whole week I was here.

13)  I, in essence, sucked up to every agency that I could and even got a million bucks from the ...

14)  He sucked up to the old miser long enough to earn his trust.

15)  Leadership is what people love. Not being sucked up to and agreed with when we know we are both ignorant of the full ...

16)  The most important thing is his career. Sucks up to the people above him and stamps on the ones below.

17)  ... to make them cups of tea (it's not her job) and basically sucks up to people.

18)  He sucks up to his own boss so he can remain in a position of authority while ...

19)  It is irresistible to chat about a colleague who sucks up to the boss, no matter how impervious to blandishments your boss is.

20)  Farber is self styled "anti-PC" crusader who sucks up to men while pretending to be an independent woman. She's a faux ...